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Study Advice video tutorials

If you only have five minutes to spare to develop your study practices, why not watch one of our bitesize video tutorials? These anytime, anywhere learning resources cover the most popular topics appearing in assignment feedback or in student queries to Study Advisers. They can be watched on your PC, laptop, tablet or smartphone - perfect for developing your skills if you don't have much time!

Our tutorials are designed to replicate the teaching in our study seminars, using animated PowerPoint slides with an explanatory voiceover from a Study Adviser. Each tutorial focuses on one aspect of a key study practice. We will be adding more tutorials as they are developed so if what you're looking for isn't here, keep checking back.

Student using laptop outsideAssessment and feedback

Essay writing

Report writing

Practice-based and reflective learning

Dissertations and major projects


Researching your assignment

Preparing for exams

Manage your time and get things done

Assessment and feedback

Understanding marking criteria - Transcript

Making the most of your feedback - Transcript

Essay writing

Overview of essay writing - Transcript

Answering the question & planning - Transcript

Targeted reading & use of evidence - Transcript

Structuring your essay - Transcript

Clear communication and proof reading - Transcript

You may also find this screencast from the University of Leicester useful: What it means to be a critical student

Report writing

Finding a structure for your report - Transcript

Practice-based and reflective learning

Reflective writing (from the Skills team at the University of Hull)

Dissertations and major projects

Starting research for your dissertation - Transcript

Defining your research question - Transcript

Managing time for your dissertation - Transcript

Structuring your dissertation- Transcript

Doing your literature review - Transcript

Writing up your dissertation - Transcript

Finishing your dissertation - Transcript


Avoiding unintentional plagiarism - Transcript

Using long and short quotes - Transcript

Using paraphrases - Transcript

Writing a precis or summary - Transcript

Which referencing style should I use? - Transcript

Finding bibliographic details - Transcript

Referencing websites - Transcript

Compiling your bibliography - Transcript

Effective paraphrasing for postgrads - Transcript (This is an advanced tutorial which may also be of interest to undergraduate students who have learnt the basics.)

Getting the most out of Turnitin - Transcript

Researching your assignments

Reading academic texts - Transcript

Starting research for your assignment - Transcript

Critical notetaking - Transcript

Evaluating your sources - Transcript

Introducing your online reading list (Library video)

Preparing for exams

Effective revision - Transcript

Exam room strategies - Transcript

Preparing for essay exams - Transcript

Answering short answer questions - Transcript

Multiple choice question exams - Transcript

Preparing for seen exams - Transcript

Preparing for open book exams - Transcript

Preparing for oral language exams - Transcript

Manage your time and get things done

Making a term plan - Transcript

Making a study timetable - Transcript

Making more hours in the day - Transcript

Overcoming procrastination - Transcript

Juggling studying with other commitments - Transcript

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